If your water bill is a lot higher than you’re comfortable paying, investing time and money in a few relatively simple improvements can help you save a lot more in the long run. Keep reading to learn more about things you can do to reduce your home’s water use and what you spend each month on water.
Repair All Leaks Around Your Home
Does it seem like your water bill’s going up without any unusual changes in your water usage? Does your water pressure seem low or does it feel a little more humid in your home? Perhaps you’ve noticed water stains appearing in unusual places or the floor and walls feeling damp.
If so, these are all signs that you could have a hidden leak somewhere in your home. Not all of these signs may be present, but they could indicate that a pipe or fitting has come loose, deteriorated, or burst, causing water to constantly run through your pipes.
While fixing this issue can help you save money on your water bill, it can help you save a lot more. Water damage can be devastating to your home, causing thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in remediation if left unaddressed for long enough.
Replace Your Faucet Aerators
An aerator is the mesh screen at the end of your faucet. Its purpose is to control the shape and pressure of the stream coming from your faucet. That translates to a controlled flow of water that
Over time, however, faucet aerators can deteriorate or become damaged. When that happens, the amount of water your faucet dispenses when you turn on the tap can increase. Little by little, with each second you run a faucet with a broken aerator, you can increase your water bill to a staggering amount!
Fortunately, replacing a faucet aerator is easy enough to do on your own. You can often find one that fits your faucet at your local hardware store, too. If you are still unsure about how to do this, don’t worry – you can always call Carter Quality Plumbing, LLC for help!
Install a Flow Restrictor for Your Showerhead
You might think taking a shower saves more money than taking a bath, but that’s not always the case. A typical bathtub fills to about 36 gallons, but you can use a lot more in the shower depending on how long yours lasts and whether or not you have a flow restrictor.
A flow restrictor does what you might expect it to do. This small device is installed between your water line and shower head, restricting how much water can flow to your showerhead. You probably won’t even notice a difference except when you see how much you can save on your water bill when you combine this with other water-saving techniques!
Replace Toilets with Low-Flow Models
Back when they first came out, low-flow toilets got a bad rap for not really getting everything down in a single flush. Nowadays, that’s a problem most people never have to deal with. Advances in low-flow toilet design mean that these fixtures can do the job at a fraction of the annual water use when compared to a standard toilet.
Install a Tankless Water Heater
If you want to tackle both your water and energy bills, a tankless water heater might be a good option for you. Instead of keeping a bunch of water heated and ready to go, tankless water heaters only heat water on demand. That means your water heater draws less water from your water line and uses less electricity or gas when heating.
Contact a Professional Plumber
If reducing your water bill is important to you, Carter Quality Plumbing, LLC can help you make it happen. There are various ways you can fix or improve your home’s plumbing system to reduce your water use and the amount of money you spend each month on water.
Learn more about other solutions and schedule a service by contacting us online!